The Rolling Stones on course for UK Number One album with ‘Blue And Lonesome’

New LP is their first studio release in over a decade

The Rolling Stones are on course to score this week’s official UK Number One album.

The veteran rockers’ latest LP ‘Blue & Lonesome’ – their first studio release in more than a decade, is way ahead with almost 66,000 combined sales at the halfway stage of the midweek chart.

‘Blue & Lonesome’ was recorded in just three days at British Grove Studios in west London and sees the band return to “their roots and the passion for blues music”.

The 12-track album features covers of songs by Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin’ Wolf. It sees the band joined on record by touring members Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards). Eric Clapton also features on two tracks.

Ronnie Wood broke news that the Rolling Stones would begin recording a new album in December last year (2015).

Wood later revealed that the band went on “a blues streak” in the recording studio. “They really sound authentic,” Wood said of the band’s recordings in April. “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that?’ ‘It’s you.’ It sounded so authentic.”

Their last studio effort to reach the chart summit was over 20 years ago – 1994’s ‘Voodoo Lounge’, though a re-release of their 1972 album ‘Exile On Main St’ also reached Number One in 2010.

If their latest studio effort does go to Number One, it’ll be the band’s 12th chart-topping record overall.

In the singles chart, Clean Bandit look set to stay at Number One again with ‘Rockabye’.

The Sean Paul and Anne-Marie featured track is eyeing a fifth week at the summit, leading the way on both the sales and streams front.